Guest Blogger: C.J. Ellisson (Contest!)

Guest Blogger: C.J. Ellisson (Contest!)

I read a lot of urban fantasy with strong heroines and I noticed a depressing trend over the years—the leading ladies seem to constantly mess up their love lives in each book! I understand we all like to read flawed characters, who are much more like real life, but do they all have to struggle in their personal relationships?

When I started writing, it was purely as a means to escape. I wrote a vampire story where the main characters loved each other passionately and knew deep down in their hearts they would never split up. Even if he leaves the seat up, never notices when you color your hair a new shade, or calls you “volumptuous”. (Yes, my husband accidentally put the “lump” in there one time when he was trying to compliment me!)

Real life is hard and it isn’t always pretty. We work, we love, we lose… we survive. What keeps us together through the lean and hard years of a marriage is not simply a promise before God and our families, it’s something deep within us holding onto love with both hands, determined to never let it go. As anyone who has been married can attest—it’s damn hard work keeping a relationship together.

I wanted to read books with real couples in them. Ones who snark and bicker, have trust issues with other people, and perhaps aren’t very perfect individuals. Can’t these people have a burning passion for each other and still have an interesting tale to tell?

It was an absolute blast creating a world with a strong ancient female vampire barely kept in check by her human husband. She craves control and order, and her desire for blood has changed over the years into one for sex. Good thing she’s married to a rugged man—one who knows how to subtly manipulate and keep her safe from the edge of darkness inside her.

They make a good team, running their inn for the undead in Alaska. Their relationship never falters when a murder takes place, and the sparks leap off the page while they try their best to solve the whodunit without alerting their guests. A lot of my close friends have read my work and teased me that the couple says things that sound directly from my husband and myself.

As writers, we’re told to write what we know. Well, I may not be a vampire, but like most people, I certainly know my own marriage! We have good days and bad, just like every couple I know. We struggle to pay the bills some months and we bite our tongues often to keep the peace.

If you enjoy steamy sex scenes, vampires, werewolves, action, adventure, and some blood, then you may just enjoy the world I’ve created. I’ve had readers tell me the series is like Twilight for adults or similar to True Blood—complete with the hottest guys your imagination can conjure.

In honor of the second book coming out this summer and to introduce the series to more readers, the first book is currently priced at 99 cents. Please, step into the pages of Vampire Vacation, curl up with a warm drink and settle in…. We’re glad you’re here.


Thanks for having me here today, ladies. In support of Girls Who Bite, I’m happily donating two copies of both books in The V V Inn series to two commenters today. Be sure to spread the love and share the link to today’s post with other vampire fans.

If you’d like to learn more about my series, please stop by my website where you can read the first half of both books for free. I’m also on facebook a lot and love hearing from readers.

C.J. Ellisson

24 thoughts on “Guest Blogger: C.J. Ellisson (Contest!)

  1. Your books sound fun and interesting…gonna head on over to your website for more!! Thanks for sharing today!!

  2. I can firmly agree with marriage being hard work, but it’s my best piece of work to date (along with parenthood).

    I like the fact that you’ve teamed a girl vamp with a human male, it’s usually the other way round. I’ll be adding your book to my tbr. Thanks for sharing it with us. I do like the covers aswell 🙂


    1. Appreciate your shared opinion on marriage (and parenting!), I swear, if our moms ever told us it would be this hard we may not have been so eager to sign up 😉

      thank you for the kind words and for commenting, Michelle. I’m not sure if I pick the winner of the contest or the site does, so I’ll post at the end to let you know.


  3. As always..I LOVE your work and can not wait till you have finished your 3rd book in this series…waiting is so very hard for me along with patience..but I have no other choice now do I ..haha…I am now reading your Johnny Living Dangerously and it’s off to such a great start! I’m glad I was able to find you and look forward to many good years of enjoying your writing..thanks for your talent!

    1. Thanks so much, Diana! I’m overjoyed you found me on facebook and have reached out after each book you’ve read — it truly makes my day when I get nice feedback like yours, makes this whole gig worth while.

  4. Your books look and sound very good! I love the covers. Your books sound fun, im going to head on over to your site to check them out. Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Shadow – thanks for stopping by and commenting! I hope you enjoyed what you read on the site and I appreciate the kind words on my covers. I designed them myself and have been thrilled to see they have gone over well with readers.

  5. “If you enjoy steamy sex scenes, vampires, werewolves, action, adventure”
    Yes to all 🙂
    Sounds like a great series.

  6. I love it when books are special priced! If I don’t win I will hop over and check it out! Love the covers.

    1. Thank you, Jen! I’m a bargain shopper as well and I LOVE good 99 cent books. Always make me feel like I’ve won a prize to get a decent read so cheap 😉

    1. Thank you, Naomi! No matter what the big publishers say, I’m always up for a good vampire read myself. I hope the stories keep coming for years to come.

      Wishing you happy reading and I hope you like the first book. Thanks for commenting today!

    1. Dang – I should have read this first before I responded earlier – d’oh!

      The book is 99 cents everywhere it is up for sale as an ebook, which is about 60 retailers right now (like Amazon, B&N, Apple, plus places like Powell’s, Diesel ebooks, Bookdepository and many more).

      Thank you and enjoy!!

  7. Loved your blog! As a long-time married woman of 25 years, I can relate to your post. My husband and I are a devoted couple and we know that will never change. There are always challenges, but nothing we can’t manage together. I like the idea of your books–that solid couples can work in fiction. Good job!


    1. Thank you, Adele! It’s been a pet peeve of mine in genre fiction for years now and I knew I couldn’t be alone. Who says the passion has to die when you’ve been married for years? If anything, it just gets hotter 😉

  8. I’m stopping by late to the post (due to being out of town with limited Internet access) and I apologize for the delay. I’m not sure who picks the winners on the contests or how. I’ll contact Delilah and once I find out what needs to be done, winners will be announced here.

    Thanks so much to all of you for your interest in my series and be sure to stop back by Girls With Bite often over the coming weeks for more great guest blogs and contests!

  9. love vampire books, and your story line sounds awesome. Home and Hearth, with just alittle extra to keep the juices flowin’… I would love to read it. Wish me luck.

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